Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?
Cassidy (Howard Wise/JPI Studios)
Catching up with the former daytime actors.
Soaps.com is back with more scoops on the careers of former stars from past soap operas “All My Children,” “Another World,” “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light.”
A new web series, a Daytime Emmy, a “Scandal” star with a Pine Valley connection, a passing, an audio book narrator, fan Q&As and more…
Guillermo Diaz and Kelly Ripa’s missed opportunity on All My Children.
Guillermo Diaz, who plays Huck on “Scandal,” was a guest on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” and revealed that he once auditioned for an “All My Children” role to play opposite Ripa’s Hayley Vaughan (1990 to 2001) as Mateo Santos. “We could’ve been married!” Guillermo joked and went on to say he never had the chance to read for the part, which Ripa’s husband Mark Consuelos landed. Watch the video below where they make up for their missed opportunity in Pine Valley by acting out a reading of their own…
Alicia Minshew stars in Surviving Sam.
Former “All My Children” fan favorite Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall Hart Slater, on and off 2002 to 2013) will play the lead opposite Rob Magnotti (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”) in the comedy web series “Surviving Sam.” The actors play a recently divorced couple, Ben and Samantha Gallo, who are court ordered to live with their children under the same roof. Filming took place in New York. Stay tuned for its spring release and watch the official trailer below.
Betsy von Furstenberg passes away at 83.
Former soap actress Betsy von Furstenberg passed away in her Manhattan home on Tuesday April 21 at 83. The daughter of Count Franz-Egon von Furstenberg and his wife Elizabeth, the family moved from their castle in Westphalia, Germany to America where Furstenberg pursued a career in acting. She played Lisa Miller Hughes on “As the World Turns” in the 1980s as well as the Duchess of Essex on “Another World.” Soaps.com sends Furstenberg’s family and friends our condolences.
Jennifer Landon in I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine.
Jennifer Landon ("As the World Turns'" ex-Gwen Norbeck Munson, 2005 to 2010) will appear in the horror flick "I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine," a sequel to the 2010 thriller. The actress will play Marla, as the story picks up with Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler, "Castle") suspected as a killer, one who uses the hotline she works for to target rapists. Keep an eye out for the October release. Landon also appeared as Heather Stevens on "The Young and the Restless" in 2012 and a rabid woman in the short film "Rapid Weight Loss." Her former co-star Maura West (ex-Carly Tenney Snyder, "General Hospital's" Ava Jerome) recently posted this reunion photo with Cady McClain (ex-Rosanna Cabot Montgomery, "Y&R's" Kelly Andrews):
— Maura West (@MauraWest) April 12, 2015
Martha Byrne wins Emmy and stars in Bottle in the Smoke.
Last month "As the World Turns" actress (ex-Lily Snyder, 1985 to 2008) Martha Byrne won a Daytime Emmy for Anacostia, the web series where she plays Alexis/Joanne. The actress' latest product, "Bottle in the Smoke," which was shot in September 2014 as a short film, has re-entered production to become a feature. The film surrounds a man named Charlie (Michael Leavy, "Sharknado 2: The Second One") who gives up his acting dream in order to provide for his pregnant girlfriend. After a series of events, his world comes crashing down until an older woman named Christina (Byrne) has an impact on where he needs to go next. Byrne also appeared on ABC's "General Hospital" in 2009 as Andrea Floyd and most recently as Becky on the Irish television series "Roy," which airs in the United Kingdom and Australia.
— Martha Byrne (@MarthaByrne10) April 25, 2015
What ever happened to Melissa Hayden?
"Guiding Light" fans have wondered what the actress who played Springfield's Bridget Reardon has been up to these days. Melissa Hayden left the CBS soap opera in 2009 after playing the role on and off since 1993. In 2011 she went on to play Agnes on "The Young and the Restless," the wife of a man who found Daisy Callahan's (Yvonne Zima) baby in a church. After her brief return to daytime, Hayden appeared in "Hollywood Heights" (Julie Dixon), "Nowhere Fast" (Eva Trope), "Perception" (Ashley Richards), "American Sniper" (receptionist) and most recently as Lisa in "Silver Skies."
Orlagh Cassidy narrates audio books.
If you find yourself listening to an audio book and questioning whether or not you've heard the narrator's voice before you just might have. "Guiding Light" alum Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris Wolfe Spaulding, 2000 to 2009) has narrated numerous audios over the years and most recently can be heard in the April 21 releases of Memory Man by David Baldacci and Ron McLarty, as well as in And The Good News Is… Lessons and Advice From the Bright Side by Dana Perino. After leaving daytime the actress turned up in primetime shows such as "Law & Order: SVU," "Blue Bloods," "Elementary" and "Gotham" to name a few. So the next time you relax with an audio book, listen closely… you just might hear Cassidy.
Missing former actors of "B&B," "Days," "General Hospital" and "Y&R?" John Stamos confirmed a Full House spin-off and other soap alums from the four current soaps had updates to report as well.
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